Awarding the unique

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Role

Research

Ideation

Modeling

Materials

Dowels

Wood cutoffs, such as:

Pine

Walnut

Douglas Fur

Cherry

Dates

2017

Timeframe

1 month

Working on a project daily for 8+ months is hard work. How can an award acknowledge that hard work and dedication?

Research

Every year, Edinburgh Napier University challenges their third-year product design students to either design the award for the best thesis designs (Best in Show awards) or the award for professors (Above and Beyond awards). The designs that fit the best for each award would be chosen to be manufactured to the quantity that the university needs. I was tasked with the former, Best in Show awards. To get a better understanding of who these awards are for, I spoke to students doing their thesis. Since I was still learning how about how a school in a completely different school worked at the time of the project, I was only able to speak to the product design students who were working on their thesis projects. I wanted to know what their projects were, how they were feeling, what their process was like.

Ideation

While ideating, I found mixing materials would be interesting to do. Within the first few weeks of starting at Napier, I found that there was a blend of cultures within the students in the design department. I wanted to show the diversity in my designs. The students I interviewed spoke a lot about growth, both personally and professionally, during the four-year program and especially thesis. They also spoke about the hardships, stress, and victories of the program and thesis.

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Modelling

My design for the Best in Show award was selected for that year's Edinburgh Napier University design show. This was the first time I was able to work with a manufacturing company to replicate my design.

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Rendering
Drawing

Prototype

Even though my design was chosen to be manufactured for the design show, my design did not end up being manufactured due to timing issues.

Next Steps

If there was more time prior to the grad show, I would like to discuss with the coordinator of the grad show, my instructor, about other manufacturing companies to produce my award to learn about how to best 'mass' manufacture the awards.

Industrial Design

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Artboard

Uplite

Award to Uniqueness

Merging Cultures